Did you know that Janet Jackson’s first two albums were commercially unsuccessful?
Both Jackson’s self-titled debut album and its ‘Dream Street’ followup failed to make a major impact on the charts. In fact, they peaked at #63 and #147 on the Billboard 200 when they were released in 1982 and 1984, respectively. Neither album has achieved gold status in the US.
Jackson only garnered a pair of Billboard Hot 100 hits from her debut set – ‘Young Love’ climbed to #64 and ‘Come Give Your Love to Me’ reached #58. None of her other singles managed to crack the chart and it wasn’t until her breakthrough album, ‘Control’, in 1986 did she reenter the Hot 100 with her first top 5 hit, ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately’.
Watch Jackson perform ‘Young Love’ on ‘Soul Train’ below: